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The Assassin legends : myths of the Ismaʻilis

Author: Farhad Daftary
Publisher: London ; New York : Tauris, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For hundreds of years Westerners have been fascinated by stories of the Assassins, their mysterious leader and their remote mountain stronghold at Alamut in Northern Iran. The legends first emerged in the 12th and 13th centuries, when Crusaders in Syria came into contact with the Nazari Isma'ilis, one of the communities of Shi'ite Islam who, at the behest of their leader Hassan Sabaa (mythologized as the "Old Man  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Ismaël, (personnage biblique)
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Farhad Daftary
ISBN: 185043705X 9781850437055
OCLC Number: 30546660
Description: viii, 213 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction. 2. The Ismaʻilis in history and in mediaeval Muslim writings. 3. Mediaeval European perceptions of Islam and the Ismaʻilis. 4. Origins and early formation of the legends. --
Appendix: Silvestre de Sacy's Memoir on the 'Assassins'.
Responsibility: Farhad Daftary.
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Daftary traces the origins and early development of the legends of the Assassins of Northern Iran - as well as investigating the historical context in which they were fabricated and transmitted,  Read more...

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